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Prince George's nanny: Why Kate Middleton broke with royal tradition

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Prince George's nanny: Why Kate Middleton broke with royal tradition

By: Guest Blogger
Kate Middleton and Prince William with Prince George at his christening UPDATE: It's been confirmed that Prince George's nanny is a 43 year-old Spanish woman named Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. We got the first photos of her when she arrived in New Zealand with the Camridges. Prince George has a new nanny, reportedly a 22-year-old foreigner. Kate and William's choice is causing a bit of a stir because royals tend to chose a British nanny who is slightly older, like Jessie Webb,  Prince William's former nanny and George's current one. However, I'm not shocked by their choice. William and Kate frequently have gone against royal tradition. For the first few weeks after George's birth, they didn't have a nanny, instead they relied on Kate's mom to help them adjust to parenthood. For their wedding, the couple threw out the guest list they were given that had the names of hundreds of people they didn't know and instead made their own guest list. The couple spent their first years of married life in a rented cottage not a palace. And Kate has chosen not to have a royal dresser, instead picking out and organizing her clothes herself. Time after time, Kate and William have chosen to do things their own way instead of following royal protocol. So it's not surprising they did the same with George's nanny. Picking your child's caregiver is a huge decision and the couple should have the right to pick the nanny they like best, not the one royal protocol dictates. As a former daycare worker, I can tell you the key to finding a great childcare provider isn't picking the one with the best résumé, but finding the one that bonds best with your child. You want someone who immediately gets on the same level as your child, so they don't seem intimidating to your little one. This also shows they aren't afraid to get messy while playing with your child. You also want someone who immediately touches your child, whether that be giving them a finger to grab onto or giving their head a little rub. You want your child to be surrounded by love all the time, so an affectionate caregiver is key. Finally, a nanny should be attentive to your child's needs. I find the best way to tell this is if they straighten your child's clothes. Kids are always in a bit of a disarray, a sock is falling off or their hair is in their face. A great caregiver will notice this and fix it, showing you that they are tuned in to what your child needs. I'm happy that Will and Kate found a nanny who they think will best suit their family and George's needs. What criteria did you have when picking your child's caregiver? Photo courtesy of Keystone Press
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